"People's Choice" honors went to a 1929 Chrysler Model 75 dual cowl phaeton owned by Robert and Alice Jepson of Savannah, Georgia. One of only 227 built, it is painted in distinctive colors of the period. A new honor, the Paul Doerring Founders Award, was given to a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk owned by Mark James of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “Established in honor of Paul Doerring, one of the key contributing founders of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival who passed away this year, this award is to be given to the most outstanding post-war car, a genre of car that Paul personally loved,” said Carolyn Vanagel, President for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. “Paul was a close friend to all in the industry and the award in his namesake is our way of honoring his legacy and love for classic cars.”
More than 500 classic automobiles made their way to the Hilton Head Island low country to participate in the festival and concours. Edsel B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, was the 2014 Honorary Chairman. Other notable guests included Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar; J Mays, Retired Chief Designer for Ford; and Bobby Rahal, former Indianapolis 500 champion. Renowned collectors Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, New Jersey, and William and Christine of Hudson, Ohio, were recognized as the 2014 Pinnacle and Honored Collectors, respectively.
The next festival and concours is scheduled for Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2015. For more information, visit the official website.